When applying for ESTA, what are the possible responses that I may receive?

When Applying for ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization), the applicant may receive one of the following possible responses?

  • Authorization Approved
    • Travel is authorized.
  • Travel Not Authorized
    • Traveler must obtain a nonimmigrant visa such as a B-1 business or B-2 tourist visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate before traveling to the United States.
  • Authorization Pending
    • Traveler will need to check the ESTA website for updates within 72 hours to receive a final response. In most cases, a response is provided within a few minutes.